Minh fights for badminton title on home soil

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Badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh will fight a few top international players for the 2011 Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix men's singles championship in Ho Chi Minh City from August 23-28.

The 7th-ranked Vietnamese star finished second at the US Open late in Los Angeles late last month and advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships in London earlier this month.

Minh will be the top seed on home soil at the upcoming event but could face stiff challenges from the 9th-ranked Japanese, Sho Sasaki, and Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto, ranked 22nd in the world.

At the US Open in Los Angeles last month, Minh was considered the superior in the men's singles final match but he lost in straight sets to Sho Sasaki.

Minh said, "This event will help me continue to retain my form after recent international achievements. Though chosen as the top seed, I will be cautious enough because many badminton players are now as good.

"The world rankings are just a relative reflection because they can change very fast. No matter who my rivals will be, I will concentrate and do my best."

The event is expected to welcome over 300 competitors from 23 countries and territories. A total of US$50,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, with the men's and women's singles champions each receiving $3,750.

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